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Kenneth Gainwell

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24 yrs


5'9'' / 200 lbs



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Becomes backup to Barkley

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-12

Gainwell is poised to operate as the backup to Saquon Barkley, who slated to sign a three-year, $37.75 million contract with the Eagles, Eric Edholm of reports.

Gainwell looks set to remain Philadelphia's No. 2 running back, but instead of backing up D'Andre Swift (who looks set to join the Bears on a three-year, $24 million contract), he'll look to complement an established, true three-down workhorse in Barkley. That could spell less opportunities for offensive touches for Gainwell, who tallied career-high marks with 84 carries for 364 yards and two scores in 2023, but he should retain quality value as an insurance option behind Barkley. Gainwell's versatility makes him a solid depth option for Philadelphia, though the team could still add further reserves to the backfield.

Weekly Stats 2022

Stats not available

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing AveragesReceiving Averages
Home Outdoor 16 16.41.3266th170.35.223%
Away Outdoor 8 04.61.03107th110.13.946%
Away Dome 3 09.30.9751st220.32.967%
Away Retractable Dome 6 07.21.2765th160.34.519%

Career Stats by Season: 2021 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing StatsReceiving Stats
2021 22 PHI 16 1 123 41st6829154.334%70012%332531
2022 23 PHI 17 0 88 50th5324044.530%70010%231690
"YAC%" is percent of total yards gained after first contact. "Share" of team passing targets.

Small steps forward in third season

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-19

Gainwell rushed 84 times for 364 yards and two touchdowns i n 16 regular-season games, adding 30 catches for 183 yards through the air.

Gainwell's carries and yards both represented career highs, albeit not by huge margins over his 68 carries for 291 yards as rookie. He also saw his workload get scaled back significantly after his first two games, as he averaged four carries per game the rest of the way after carrying the ball 14 times in each of his first two contests. It's unlikely he suddenly becomes the lead back for the Eagles next season.

Leading rusher in Week 18 loss

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-07

Gainwell carried the ball seven times for 62 yards and failed to catch his only target in Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Giants.

D'Andre Swift (illness) wasn't healthy enough to suit up, so Gainwell got the start in the backfield for the Eagles and led the team in rushing yards while also setting a season high, topping the 54 yards he picked up back in Week 1. Swift should be back for Philly's playoff opener, a road game in Tampa Bay in the wild-card round, bumping Gainwell back to a depth role.

Looks poised to start Sunday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-07

Gainwell was the first running back to take reps in pregame warmups and appears set to start in Sunday's game against the Giants, Josh Tolentino of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

With lead back D'Andre Swift (illness) inactive, Gainwell could be poised to challenge for double-digit touches out of the backfield for the first time since Week 3, when Swift hadn't yet fully established himself as the No. 1 option. The Eagles have Boston Scott and Rashaad Penny available in reserve, but the former has mostly been relegated to special-teams duties in recent weeks, while the latter has been a healthy inactive for much of the season. Gainwell has enjoyed some level of success as both a runner (career 4.2 yards per carry) and pass catcher (career 5.3 yards per target) over his three seasons in the NFL, and the prospect of a three-down workload could make him an enticing fantasy option in Week 18.

Another six touches in Week 17

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-31

Gainwell rushed twice for five yards, reeled in all four targets for 15 yards and completed his only pass for 17 yards during Sunday's 35-31 defeat to the Cardinals.

Gainwell remained in a complementary role behind the Eagles' top running back D'Andre Swift, getting out-touched by his teammate, 14-6. His 20 yards from scrimmage also marked his second fewest in a game over the last six contests, but Gainwell did connect with DeVonta Smith (leg) on a 17-yard gain, marking the first official pass of his three-year career. Considering his workload of 5.4 touches per game since the team's Week 10 bye, Gainwell will be tough to trust for production Week 18 at the Giants.

Season-high 79 yards from scrimmage

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-26

Gainwell rushed six times for 41 yards and caught three passes for 38 yards in Monday's win over the Giants.

Gainwell's 79 total yards from scrimmage represented his highest total of the season, though he played less than 40 percent of the Eagles' offensive snaps for the first time since Week 12. He remains clearly behind D'Andre Swift on the depth chart, as Swift received 20 touches in the victory.

Most carries since Week 7

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-19

Gainwell rushed six times for 21 yards in Monday's loss to the Seahawks.

Gainwell's six carries marked his highest total since Week 7, but he also went without a reception for the second week in a row. He remains the clear second running back behind D'Andre Swift, and neither his average of 29.7 yards from scrimmage per game nor his two total touchdowns on the season are particularly useful for fantasy purposes.

Four carries in loss

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-11

Gainwell rushed four times for 28 yards in Sunday's 33-13 loss to the Cowboys.

Gainwell's rushing yards represented his highest total since the third week of the season, but he also went without a reception for just the second time all year. The only time he's finished with more than 50 yards from scrimmage this season came back in Week 1, so his fantasy appeal remains limited.

Starting RB goes down late

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-03

Gainwell had two carries for five yards and caught five of six targets for 42 yards in Sunday's 42-19 loss to the 49ers.

D'Andre Swift (undisclosed) left Sunday's contest late after absorbing a big hit in the loss to San Francisco, leaving Gainwell as the next man up on Philadelphia's depth chart. The latter finished with his best receiving performance of the season, but most of that production came while the former was healthy. The nature and severity of Swift's injury are currently undisclosed, but Gainwell figures to receive the biggest boost in fantasy value for Week 14 should the Eagles' starter miss next Sunday's tilt against Dallas.

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